Stiggy riders head for Germany

Stiggy Honda pair Leon Haslam and John Hopkins head to the latest round of the World Superbike Championship facing a challenge as they both prepare to compete at the Nurburgring for the first time.

The German circuit is one of the few on the calendar that Haslam, who raced on the world scene until 2005, and MotoGP veteran Hopkins have yet to experience.

It will add a further challenge for rider and team, who endured a forgettable weekend last time out at Brno following a series of set-up problems. Nonetheless, Haslam, as ever, is targeting the podium for the fifth time this season.

“Brno was a tough weekend for us and we ran into a few issues, so we are looking to eliminate a lot of them this weekend. The Nurburgring will be a new circuit to learn for me, but from what I have seen on TV it looks like it should be a good track for the Honda.

“The summer break was needed, but it went on a bit too long. I am looking forward to getting back on the bike in Germany and get back on the podium."

Hopkins, meanwhile, has been using the aid of a computer to get some virtual laps in around the circuit before he hits the track on Friday.

“I have never been to the Nurburgring before but have seen the racing there on television. I have tried to learn the track by playing video games and will hopefully adapt to the track as quick as I can this weekend. It looks like a cool track to ride, and I would definitely like to get a good result for my team and prove the Honda can work well there."

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Go Hopper - Unregistered

September 03, 2009 4:24 PM

I have to say good on Hopper ! Hope he's fit enough to give it a good run ! As for most that don't know . Hopper did get paid from kawasaki but is paid nothing from the Stiggy squad ! He has no contract with them and pays for his own flights to go and race yes a great bike to all of us and most racers but he's not doing for the money but the love of Racing ! He did make a mistake leaving Suzuki but knows that ! He ll make his way back up ! C'mon Hopper !

El Bigonio

September 03, 2009 5:08 PM

I honestly hope he does run well, but realistically his health is and always seems to be the concern. The dude has been so banged up for so long it just becomes that much more difficult to compete at this level when you race against guys who train like its the Tour De France! FWIW I whole heartedly agree he should have stayed at Suzuki!

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